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Our Adventure was off to a rough start! Updates included.

 
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I'm in over my head.


I bought some land over by ten Mile Tennessee sight unseen plenty of videos and pictures the problem is when we got here it's a lot steeper than it looks.

So now I have a utility trailer half full of stuff almost at the top of my property stuff scattered all over the road going up and my car is flat tire now and the spare is flat and I'm stuck on the side of a hill I don't know I don't know anybody here.


Me and my wife are fine. We're stuck and I'm having an panic attack. If anyone can help us. Please.

My wife is hiking down to the road.



We need an air compressor and probably a tractor or 4x4 truck.

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Hi Chad...what an adventure just getting to your new land!
How many miles is the drive? Are you on a main dirt road or your driveway to the land?

Rural folks are very helpful so I expect you'll have some nice soul in a four wheel drive show up soon who will be glad to help.
Look at it as a way to meet the neighbors

I wish you much luck!

It's possible someone here at permies is near by...I'm a few states away.

 
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I don't have any bars here either so I can't call for a tow we're going to try and figure out some way to contact a tow truck.

If anyone is close, I can be emailed generalchad@gmail.com
 
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My suggestion would be to contact the sheriff's Department. Explain your situation. They will contact someone to help you or come and get you.

 
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I will try that. Thank you.

 
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Here are some towing websites with their contact info.  These say they are open 24 hrs a day.

https://atow-towing.com/#contact
w2wcollision@comcast.net

https://lowestows.com/contact
casey@lowestows.com

http://www.peggyannwrecker-truckrepair.com/Contact-Us.html

I hope you can make contact with them and they come to help.
 
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Got a tow coming. Thanks. That's help.
 
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Chad - it sounds as if you're day is off to an "interesting" start! Since a tow is on the way, I suggest you start thinking of the next step.

Can you clear space for the fellow to work?

Can you get him to tow the utility trailer up to the top where you want it to be? (that gets it out of the way and ensures it doesn't get stuck somewhere again)

Do you have perishables that shouldn't end up in a hot car at a garage waiting for tire repairs?

It's hard when we're full of stress hormones to take a breath and think of logical next steps - but now that you know help is on the way, try to do so as it will help the next few hours go more smoothly!

Good luck and I wish you all the best on your new land!

 
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anyone want to meet me there and give em a hand if they need it in the morning? this a dozen or so miles west of I-75 between sweet water and Loudin  about an hour from downtown Knoxville
 
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I have prior commitment for today and cannot get there before dark but can help tomorrow
 
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Car is on a tow now.
Going to see of we can hire someone to get our stuff off the hill. Tractor or 4x4.

This sucks.
 
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Bruce! Thank you!!

We managed a tow and the guys also brought us a 4x4 to help with the trailer.

We are now at the bottom of our hill wonder wtf we got ourselves into.

If anyone lives around here and wants to come check it out or help our anything... I'm still here.
 
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phones are not connecting today. but without even seeing property but knowing what much of looks like around these parts your most likely going to need to get someone with a dozer or excavator to cut a track into the property. if you need a safe place to store your trailer and stuff till you can get it sorted out I've got space.
 
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Chad Kovac wrote:We are now at the bottom of our hill wonder wtf we got ourselves into.

Chad, I'm seriously too many borders away from you to help, but if you can post pictures of an online map - better yet with topo lines on it - that might help some of us give you some ideas remotely.

It sounds like Bruce has a good idea of what you're facing, so hopefully you two can connect and form short term plans.
 
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This is why I like permies.
 
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My goodness. What an adventure! If we lived closer I could be there probably. Maybe Sunday? We are in western NC. Just outside of hot springs, right on the tennessee border.
I have an fj cruiser. It never been stuck, we tow neighbors sometimes when the mud and snow is thick.
Yahll might be about 2 hrs from us.

Please keep us posted.
Blessings
 
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This was quite the adventure.

The land was bought sight unseen.

The hill is a bit steeper than expected. I think it's doable but, we are going to get an excavator in there to help a bit.

There was a washout and rut at the top of the last rise that stopped is us.

We got beat but, were not done yet. She wasn't ready to let us build up top yet, but she'll get there.

OMG the area is beautiful.
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field of grass
field of grass
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field of grass
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wooded forestland
wooded forestland
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Daytime Deer in lower right!
Daytime Deer in lower right!
 
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It's beautiful!
Ya'll are going to have a great time watching the land.
 
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very nice, you've got some nice flat land to work with
 
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Chad,

First let me say that you have some jaw-dropping beautiful land there.  I used to visit near you on a fairly regular basis and I always loved the beauty of eastern Tennessee.  I especially loved the drive from Crossville to Spring City near Watts Bar Dam.

Secondly, I am certainly pleased that you did arrive safe and eventually sound.  I was wondering though, could you describe the land?  How much acreage, how high up etc?  I am not trying to pry, but your land is so beautiful and it reminds me of my journey's through that country that my imagination is piqued.  And how about that steep drive, do you have a solution for that?  All in all, it sounds like quite an adventure.

Beautiful pictures,

Eric
 
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Hi Chad,

Wow - beautiful land.

I said this recently to someone else - in many ways it is good to observe your land for at least a year before doing anything irreversible! But I expect you will also feel some pressure to do something *now*. Wheaton Labs, and my neighbor, have built a number of small structures on skids. That way you can get tools and people under cover quickly, but you can also relocate/re-purpose those structures as you decide on more permanent plans.

I remember someone saying - don't build on your most beautiful spot - save that for beauty and build somewhere that needs fixing.

Just some things to think about as you settle in...  J.
 
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Guess you'll always remember that move (many of us have similar experiences in our past).  That looks like a great piece of property and hopefully you are past your flat arrival.  Be well and keep us updated (but you might want to change the title of your thread to something less concerning).
 
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Even with the rocky start we had, it is a beautiful piece of land with so many possibilities.  We learned new things every day, but still have a lot more to learn and do.  Our list will just be a little bit longer then we thought, but we'll just try to tackle it a little bit at a time.  
 
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I'm not sure if I can edit the title. I did get permission to edit the post to remove my contact info, but, it's been awhile since I've been around these more traditional forums... I think I need to go through that process again to get permission to edit the title, if possible.

 
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Got it!

Also... here are a couple of pics from our Reolink solar-powered cellular network camera:
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BEAR
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Deer
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Turkeys
 
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Here are some additional pics...
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wild blueberries?
wild blueberries?
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dead-trees standing -- pond was installed right up against trees, killing them.
dead-trees standing -- pond was installed right up against trees, killing them.
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Frabil ice-fishing tent makes a great bathroom
Frabil ice-fishing tent makes a great bathroom
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Pro-installation of solar power
Pro-installation of solar power
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well, I wanted clay...
well, I wanted clay...
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maybe raccoon tracks?
maybe raccoon tracks?
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the morning after our hill-camping
the morning after our hill-camping
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so many things to learn about shrooms
so many things to learn about shrooms
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poisonous Chantrelle look-alike?
poisonous Chantrelle look-alike?
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artsy shot using long exposure and gerdy headlamp
artsy shot using long exposure and gerdy headlamp
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No idea.
No idea.
 
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